MINSK, 9 August (BelTA) – 9 August was the main voting day in the Belarus presidential election, BelTA reports.
The presidential election in Belarus is held on the basis of direct suffrage by secret ballot. To win election, a candidate must poll over 50% of the valid vote, and turnout must be at least 50%.
The people who were running for president included Andrei Dmitriyev, Anna Kanopatskaya, Aleksandr Lukashenko, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and Sergei Cherechen.
The Central Election Commission set up 153 territorial election commissions and 5,723 precinct election commissions. A total of 5,767 polling stations were set up, including in sanatoriums, health resorts, hospitals and other inpatient healthcare facilities, 13 in military units and 44 outside Belarus.
Polling stations opened at 8:00. There are 6,844,932 eligible voters in Belarus.
A total of 248 international observers and nearly 50,0000 domestic observers monitored the election campaign.